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-qaeda affiliate. the intelligence community was said to have made the edit. michael morrell told senators the fbi was responsible. then later, cia officials contacted the senators and said the acting director misspoke, and it was actually the cia that changed the talking points. as we said last night, it is a bit of a mess and a real headache for president obama who defended susan rice today but did not mention libya. >> all right, guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. >> mr. president, can you care to -- >> thank you so much, guys. >> can you tell us about that? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done. >> here to talk about it, the former cia officer, he is a senior fellow at the defense of democracies, also joining us, national security contributor, fran townsend, president bush's homeland security adviser. currently sits on the advisory committee. fran, you have been at a white house when a nominee or potential nominee has been in trouble. you know what a high stakes meeting this was, yesterday, between ambassador rice and three of her toughest
through the end including barack obama and michael morrell who was a deputy director of this cia who was president bush's national security briefer and had given his morning briefing when all hell broke loose and he spent the day flying with the president and gave me the prospective have that day was perceived with the inner circle. and said agco commander who had had a severe parachuting accident. he broke his bill this man was in a hospital for a while. and then had them moves abetted to his home. literally in his hospital bet at home watching on television as the attacks of september 11 to place. he spent his time serving as steel unit's commanding seal team six that the united states would go to war and his unit and the men would go to war and basically he was left out. he was not in any condition to walk at that point*. interesting to see where he ends up 10 years later. for my purposes that is registered its. to be, other trade that killed loathsome a bin laden as exciting as it is that is the last 40 minutes of the tenure story the most remarkable is the abolition to target pe
. morrell was pushed to explain why petraeus told lawmakers it was a flash mob prompted by the anti-islam video. morrell said he wasn't at petraeus' briefing and had nothing further to add. republicans questions drove the state department to deny request for security after ambassador chrissteins and his team or consulate could not defend against a coordinated attack. >> i'm appalled that the administration could not anticipate the escalating violence and failed to step up the security measures to protect the diplomats. further more, we have seen blunder after blunder as the administration avoids responsibility and accountability. the delay tactics are unacceptable. >> democrats caution the colleagues about jumping to conclusions. >> barack obama was no more responsible for what happened in benghazi than george bush was for september 11. >> reporter: for the decision not to notify congressional leaders the c.i.a. director faced f.b.i. investigation over affair with the biographer paula broadwell. the attorney general said it was his call. >> there was not a threat to the national sec
that the acting cia director michael morrell would stumble so badly. do you think if it was an innocent mistake it adds fuel to the fire, doesn't it? >> that's right, wolf. look, this was -- the event took place on september 11th. mistakes in the early days are understandable because of the fog of war, conflicting reports. you can sort of excuse that. but this far later it is unfortunate. listen, mike morrell, the acting director of the cia, he had been senate confirmed as the deputy prior to this, he is a career officer, very well respected. i'm sure he's furious for having made the mistake and being give cgiven bad information. there is no excuse for it this late in the game. these meetings were so important to be making those kinds of mistakes now. >> you say it is not an insignificant mistake that mike morrell made? >> no. i don't think so. i mean the administration got itself into trouble, particularly ambassador rice got herself in unnecessary trouble just being so assertive on television and denying the possibility that you had an organized terrorist attack in benghazi. i think if ambass
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to the cia about 15 months ago appointed as his deputy the then acting director michael morrell who is a career agency analyst, michael morrell has now stepped in as acting director again. i think that is, from the standpoint of the cia and the establishment of the u.s. intelligence office the most positive thing you could say. >> thank you, david corn and thank you, dee dee myers. >>> coming up, buy romney lost i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! email marketing from constant contact reaches people in a place they're checking every day -- their inbox. and it gives you the tools to create custom emails that drive business. it's just one of the ways constant contact can help you grow your small business. sign up for your free trial today at constantcontact.com/try. to bring you a low-priced medicare prescription drug plan. ♪
and the utmost confidence in acting director michael morrell and men and women of the c.i.a. to work every day to keep the nation safe. going forward my thoughts and prayers are withday and holly petraeus who has done so much to help military families through her own work and i wish them best at this difficult time." the resignation comes five days before he was to testify before the house and intelligence committee investigating the murder of ambassador in benghazi and three other. he will not be testifying but lawmakers want to hear from him at some time. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they were stunned by the news today. they did not see it coming. many release statements praising petraeus, his years of service to the country. sources close to petraeus say he is adamant about this was his decision, not pressured. it had nothing to do with benghazi and he was looking forward to testifying. the timing of his resignation, raised eyebrows around washington today is. >> andrea: thank you, bret baier will have more in the next hour on "special report." kimberly, i talked to somebody clo
mike morrell will now testify. here is what congressman said. >>> the one who probably knows most about what happened or didn't happen in benghazi. if this is looming over his head when he went to brief the senate did that talk about the story that was told. it begs more questions than answers. >>> bottom line is it caused us not only more questions than answers but a lot of pain for the petraeus family. it makes a black eye on the intelligence community. >> you can't help but think of his family. >>> now time for a look who is talking. fox news contributor peters is talking about. >> he believes it is the most important part of the developments. he is point to go what the administration knew and what they knew it. he thinks the story is coming to light baulz of concerns over petraeus testifying before congress about benghazi. it appears the white house is lying again just as it was lying about benghazi. the key detail is a time line. who knew what when attorney general holder did know months ago with tabout the investigati. it eric holder did not tell nor warn his good friend the presi
morrell will take over. cia chief michael hayden explains why. >> i smn people are saying that they were hopeful that general petraeus personally would testify, but, frankly, you want the agency to testify. you want someone who is knowledgeable about the event, what the agency knew, what the agency did, and mike morrell is fully qualified to do that. at some later dade they may want general petraeus to come back in. i understand that. the hearings -- the cia will be there telling -- >> mike morrell is filling in as cia director until president obama chooses a permanent replacement. >>> we can finally call florida for president obama. you can see that he won by just a hair over 70,000 votes. >> here is the matt. president obama ended with 332 electoral votes. mitt romney got 206, but the bigger machine really here was eight. that is the number of toss-up states captured by the president. that is a clean sweep. and while the presidential race is officially over in florida, one of the state's congressional races is still undecided. the latest totals show a close race between first term repu
scheduled? >> well, i think we should go ahead with mike morrell and the way it is now set up. but i also think that the community should know that this is not sufficient. and i have no doubt now that we will need to talk with david petraeus. and we will likely do that in closed session. but it will be done, one way or the other. >> there's a lot of speculation now about paula broadwell, and what she said, in particular, in a speech in denver, where she claimed to have classified information that the motive for the attack on the consulate and the annex in benghazi was to free some libyan militia prisoners who were being held by the cia in benghazi. do you have any information about that? >> no, my staff has checked and they were told that this isn't correct, this isn't true. we'll see. this is something that we need to check out and check out carefully and we will. >> what about the fact that she appeared to have classified information. is there some way that she would have classified information, other than what she might have gotten from general petraeus, which the fbi says did not happ
the intelligence community made the edit. yesterday while accompanying ambassador rice on the hill, michael morrell said the fbi was responsible and then the cia contacted senators and said the acting director misspoke and it was actually the cia who changed the talking points. we said last night, it's a bit of a mess and a real change for president obama who defended susan rice today, but did not mention libya. >> guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. thank you so much, guys. >> any talk on that at all? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she has done for the u.s.. >> here to talk about it the former cia officer raul gerecht and also joining us, fran townsend. she was president gorge w. bush's homeland security adviser, serves on the cia's external advisory committee. fran, have you been at the white house when a potential nominee is in trouble with a member of congress. you know what a high-spakes meeting this was. a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like this, and that makes it more surprising to me, and i'm sure to you, that the acting cia director, micha
. meanwhile, mr. obama appointed petraeus' deputy michael morrell to take over at the cia and released this statement, thanking petraeus for his service. quote, by any measure, through his lifetime of service, david petraeus has made our country safer and stronger, going forward my thoughts and prayers are with dave and holly petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. i wish them the very best at this difficult time. now, this comes as the cia and the obama administration faces scrutiny about that benghazi attack. erica? >> what can you tell us about the acting director, kristen, mike morrell? will he now testify, again? as you heard this week is the hearing on the benghazi attacks? >> that's what is expected. michael morrell is a career agent at the cia. he joined back in 1980 when he was 21 years old as an economic analyst. what's so interesting is that he is one of the top people who was briefing president obama during the planning process to take down osama bin laden. so president obama has an immense amount of confidence in michael morrell and t
involving petraeus. the acting cia director, morrell, was also here for private meetings the big expectation tonight is that petraeus himself will come forward to testify about the benghazi attack, not his own troubles, as early as tomorrow or friday. now there are some differences among republicans about what is the best way to get to the bottom of what happened in benghazi, some say the current investigations are sufficient. but john mccain and others are calling for a watergate-style with broader authority to investigate. >>> kelly o'donnell, thank you. as we mentioned, the president was conciliatory towards mitt romney. mitt romney, for his part, has laid low with his family since the loss. but today, his post-campaign remarks are surfacing. he was on a conference call with major donors today. what he said about what went wrong is already getting some attention tonight. nbc's peter alexander just back after covering the campaign, here with us in the studio. >> reporter: brian, good evening, as you know this conference call just wrapped up hours ago, governor romney blamed this defeat on
, then they have a problem with me. >> reporter: acting cia director michael morrell is testifying today. former cia director david petraeus will testify behind closed doors tomorrow. one hearing today is not closed. the house foreign affairs committee is asking experts to offer their assessment of what went wrong. >> it's two months later and too little is known about what took place. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton will not testify this week. she is scheduled to talk to lawmakers once the state department completes its own investigation. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >>> oil giant bp has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in u.s. history. $4.5billion for the 2010 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. 11 people were killed in an oil rig explosion and the resulting oil leak caused severe environmental damage. bp plans to plead guilty to obstruction for lying to congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. >>> president obama is seeing the aftermath of superstorm sandy firsthand today. he is touring the damage and checking in on the recovery
restoration. >> guest: i would like you to respond to what jessica moreau morrell said. she said it's time for an honest conversation about network reliability in the wireless age. we need to talk about how to make her networks dependable when we need them were most. >> it's an interesting question. if you think about our wireless network, all backed up with battery, mostly generators, if you think about our central offices the lost power again, 300 central offices, we actually have commercial power and batteries and generators in preparation for the storm, we had starting generators topping off fuel in a few locations. and so i think it's a fair question and one that i'm confident that we have already asked and we will continue to ask and there will be room for improvement. we want to continue as we get better and manage power. i am very comfortable with where we sit today and how well we have come through the storm. >> host: what has been improved since katrina in 2005. >> guest: i was thinking a little bit about 9/11. part of what has improved, peter, is we ourselves are resilient. we k
: acting cia director michael morrell joined rice's capitol hill meeting to help her field questions. danielle nottingham cbs 5. >>> president obama is making a public case this week for his approach to avert the "fiscal cliff." he is meeting today and tomorrow with small business owners and middle class families and he will visit a small business in pennsylvania on friday. negotiations with republicans continue behind closed doors. a democratic senator says his side is willing to discuss reform of medicare and medicaid. >> the math just doesn't work anymore. not because the programs are bad but because thank goodness we're living longer. >> republicans are signalling they're open to compromise but so far, they still oppose the president's idea to raise taxes on the wealthy. instead, republican leaders want to limit tax deductions and loopholes without an agreement. across-the-board tax hikes will take effect on january 1 without an agreement. here's a breakdown of what would happen. for households earning 20 to $40,000, the tax increase would be $1,200. for householder, 40 to $64,00
was preliminary. >> reporter: acting cia director mike morrell accompanied rice today, in effect her wing man, but it didn't help. >> i'm more troubled today knowing -- having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. >> reporter: rice did persuade one senator. >> she said what she believed was true. and she was under no political influence from the white house. >> reporter: joe lieberman is quitting the senate and won't have a vote. rice and the president have a special relationship forged during his first campaign. much closer than his cordial working relationship with hillary clinton, the iconic secretary of state rice would be succeeding. the president has made it clear he will fight for rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> reporter: and today the white house was not backing down. >> the focus on, some might say, obsession on comments made on sunday's shows seems to me and to many to be misplaced. >> reporter: rice told the senator she wanted a chance to clear her name. but later, two of the sena
decisions about who is called to testify, but the president is confident that acting director morrell is fully informed and capable of representing the cia in a hearing about benghazi. >> jay i want to go back to something that was just asked. about susan rice. if she was to go before a confirmation hearing -- >> for you i'll break the hypothetical rule. >> nobody 0 else. >> thank you. if she were to go before a senate confirmation hearing could she answer questions with a simple yes? are questions answerable? >> i'm not sure what you're asking, april. again, i'm not going to speculate about personnel matters and who will or will not be participating in nomination hearings. you know, i can tell you that the president believes that ambassador rice has done an excellent job, as the united states ambassador to the united nations, and i believe that -- and i know that he believes that everyone here working for him has been transparent and in the way that we've tried to answer questions about what happened in benghazi and going back to briefings that we had again and again, that the inform
' replacement mike morrell many said they were surprised they weren't told but many experts said the fbi did the right thing. it's impacting the investigation into the attack in benghazi. petraeus was supposed to testify but no longer wants to, which has angered some folks in the senate. as for the debate, the fbi should have told mem where he -- members sooner. they are required to notify intelligence community. >>> so why would swhown has everything, power, command, respect, throw that away for an extra marital afairmt marriage counselors said many times it's a matter of opportunity, seeking love from someone special in their lives. instead of looking at it at home, they turn to another. >> people forget and maybe don't want to work with the relationship that they were in, that they can get same feeling and more from their own partner. so they think -- petraeus probably made the mistake of realizing that there were gaps. there are feelings that were unmet and instead of going into the relationship, he felt that, well, we couldn't work on it, so he would go outside. there's a lot of temptat
an extramarital affair. acting director mike morrell will testify instead. meanwhile members of the senate intelligence committee are asking how come we didn't kn about this fbi investigation of petraeus until after he resigned? the fbi uncovered the extramarital fair with petraeus' biographer paula broadwell after a second female jill kelly contacted the fbi after receiving threatening e- mails from broadwell. >>> on this veterans day some of our vets angry and frustrated about their post moment medical care. according to the wash -- post deployment medical care. according to the washington guardian newspaper the obama administration has not made a decision in a timely fashion on whether or not vets will get their care. >> they're suffering through wounds physical and mental and the va system can't handle it all. >> i know as far as medical stability and things like that, veterans are looked at, they're scrutinized. this is i find totally offensive. >> recognize that the government does what they can to try to help the veterans, but they should also recognize there's more that they can do
his rez ig nagsz. taking over the c.i.a., michael morrel. >> now, patreus will not have to testify. law enforcement sources tell nbc news that general patreus is not under investigation. we tried to reach paula bodwell unsuccessfully. >> an inappropriate relationship also cost the c.e.o. of lockheed martin. he admitted to having a relationship with a subordinate employee and was asked to resign immediately. he was an executive and supposed to take over as c.e.o. in january. >> tonight, two teenagers have been arrested. they're accused of killing a cab driver in d.c. the victim's body was found inside this taxi which caught fire earlier this week near g gallaudet university. >> if you're going to do that, bud why you kill the person although police aren't releasing the victim's name, he just purchased a house for his wife and kids. >> it's a dangerous job. it's not easy. >> the two teens are from maryland, one of them from waldorf. >> we initially received some tips and that led us to witness information. >> wednesday night, a few feet from the dorms of gallaudet university, police
an exploratory investigation. nbc news has learned that acting cia director mike morrell ordered the investigation to make sure that petraeus did not use any agency resources improperly. the fbi has already cleared the general of mishandling classified information. the fbi says his mistress paula broadwell had classified information, but it came from researching petraeus' career for his biographer. they spoke to broadwell three weeks ago about the information. they finally told intelligence director james clapper about their investigation four days later. >>> melissa mollet live at the live desk in the middle east. >> a cease fire between israel and the gaza strip has now collapsed as palestinians continue cross-border attacks and israelis launch additional air strikes. rockets from gaza hit several sites on southern israel. israel spopded with the attack on the house of the hamas commander. egypt's prime minister is visiting the gaza strip. there might actually be a live picture. more than two dozen people have been killed in the past three days of fierce fighting between milita
now, named by the president yesterday, michael morrell, a 32-year veteran of the agency, seeing the u.s. against every major crisis. he has assumed a leadership role. and been involved in the benghazi incident. i know for a fact he has been very passionate about every development. now there are some members of congress who still say we want to see david petraeus in that chair, but it is not really clear if that will happen, right now, it is michael morrell. >>> thank you very much. >>> ahead, deadly violence in the gaza strip, and violence between the countries. [ male announcer ] break the grip of aches or arthritis pain with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. limb >>> palestinians in gaza say there was wounds from an artillery attack. medics say tank shells hit the area, wounding at least 24. the firing happened in galvesza after a tank shell hit the area. >>> and as cnn's ivan watson shows us, turks are afraid they could be dragged into this brutal war. >> reporter: the war in syria is spilling across t
has stepped down his deputy now acting directory placement mike morrell is going to testify in his place. one are you going to insist on hearing from petraeus at some point and secondly, do you think there is any link between his resignation and the events in benghazi? >> the events in benghazi and his resignation absolutely not. if you really think this thing out everybody will come to the same conclusion. with respect to calling petraeus before the committee that will be a committee decision. this will begin with the director and mike morrell who is acting director to the cia. matt olson of the counter-terrorism center. >> ask about the hearing in a second. do you think you will hear from general petraeus? >> we will ask. that is up to the committee we have the first hearing which is the way we want to set it up and the committee will make the decision. >> let's turn to the hearing it's an inquiry what is the biggest question the biggest concern. >> well, my biggest concern is there are literally hundreds of threat warnings in the material that has been accumulated. the there wer
director morrell is catch tent to represent c.i.a. in hearing about benghazi. >> some lawmakers say they must hear from the former director so he can explain why on september 14, three days after the consulate attack he told lawmakers it was like a flash mob and why he seemed so wedded to the administration view that the anti-islam video was to blame. >> at the time, he presented the conversation to congress on september 14, whether or not he has been told by then or learned by then he was under investigation. that he consciously or subconsciously that could have altered what he told congress. >> we need to hear from david petraeus as well. ultimately, we need to hear from secretary clinton. i'm sure she is willing to talk about it. >> f.b.i. agents raided the home of petraeus' mistress paula broadwell, lawmakers question the timing of events unfolding at a lightning pace after the election. >> why would the raid on the ladies' just happen this week? if this investigation had been going on for months? so i think the f.b.i. has a lot of questions to answer. >> former spokesman for ge
intelligence leaders want to talk to acting cia director morrell to find out who knew what and when. >>> reporter: the sex scandal that brought down former cia director petraeus moves to capitol hill today. house intelligence leaders will ask fbi deputy director sean joyce and acting cia director michael morrell about the events that led to david petraeus's rester nation as head of the spy's significance. he left when news of his affair with paula broadwell became public. >> did you have any undercasion -- >> reporter: tampa socialite jill kelley received threatening e-mails linked to broadwell. kelley is connected to another general. america's top commander in afghanistan, general john allen. the pentagon is looking at moshe 20,000 documents and e- mails between allen and kelly which some labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. >> general allen's nomination could be the next leader of u.s. forces european command and nato's supreme allied commander is in doubt. >> his nomination is on hold as a prudent measure until we determine the facts. >
they carry on smoothly? >> well, mike morrell, the second in charge, i think, is an excellent individual, has the president's confidence and can carry on in the interim. i don't feel general petraeus was a tremendous asset at the cia. it's unfortunate. i respect his decision under the circumstances. in the interim i believe the agency continued to function under mr. morrell. >> what kind of holes will this leave? >> i have questions about the whole matter. first of all -- excuse me -- how something about emails went to the level of the fbi, how the fbi could have been investigating it this long, and yet, you know, general petraeus was involved, director petraeus was involved. for me if it was the fbi director had the obligation to tell the president or the national security council at the earliest state so it seems to be going on for severalonths and, yet, now it appears that they're saying that the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up, and you have this type of investigation. the fbi investigating emails, the emails leading to the c
cia director mike morrell will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, the committee's chairwoman, insists the resignation has nothing to do with the attack, which killed four americans. >>> president obama will meet with the labor and business communities before sitting down with congressional leaders from both parties on friday. the president says he wants to build a consensus for his approach to avoiding the potential economic catastrophe. senior democratic and republican officials say they're confident they can reach a deal on a spending plan before the end of the year. that's when hundreds of billions of tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect, possibly sending us into say deep recession. economists warn we may feel the effects of the budget standoff long before new year's eve. >> if three or four weeks from now they're making no progress at all, you're going to see the anxiety and nervousness growing both in the markets and corporate boardmarooms. it's going to be a rough two months for the u.s. economy. >> president obama says he's willing to compromise to reach an agr
leading operations in afghanistan. the cia will be run by michael morrell who has been deputy director since may of 2010. >> there are plenty of questions surrounding the timing of the resignation. joining me is suzanne kelly. good to have you back with us. why was the fbi involved? >> reporter: well, victor, a u.s. official tells cnn the fbi was investigating a tip that david petraeus was involved in an extramarital affair with paula broadwell. she is his biographer. broadwell spent a year with petraeus in afghanistan interviewing him for the book she co-wrote about him. it's not clear whether broadwell is the woman with whom petraeus has admitted to having this affair that led to this resignation. the official says that the fbi counterintelligence unit investigated the tip to see if there was a potential security risk, whether petraeus could possibly be blackmailed. the official tells cnn there was no suggestion the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing, but the concern, rather, was that he might be putting himself in a vulnerable position. >> we know that a lot
, a career veteran widely regarded, highly respected michael morrell. toure. >> thank you, andrea. let's go to colonel jack jacobs. this is shocking news. we don't expect this from a man like general petraeus, with the reputation he's had. what light can you shed on what's going on? >> very little, actually. it's such a shock to everybody. i've known him for 40 years, and i've known his wife for the same amount of time. her father was a superintendent of the united states military academy at the time i was teaching on the faculty there in 1973 to 1976. a fabulous soldier, extremely well respected and so on. it's very, very sad for the cia, for his family, for the united states of america. it's very sad to see. >> colonel, you just mentioned there it's very sad loss for the cia. andrea had mentioned he's likely to be sux seeded by the deputy cia trektor. what does it mean it nerms of transition of power? >> we've had transitions at the cia at the top levels on and off since the inception, and by and large it's not a significant impact on the operations in the organization. it doesn't mean th
deputy, now acting director replacement, mike morrell is going to testify in his place. one, are you going to insist on hearing from petraeus at some point? do you think there is a link between his resignation and events in benghazi? >> in the events in benghazi and his resignation, absolutely not. if you really think this out, everybody will come to that same conclusion. with respect calling director petraeus or former director petraeus before the committee, that will be a committee decision. the hearing began with director of national intelligence and mike morrell who is now acting director of the c.i.a. matt olson of the counterterrorism center. >> i'll ask about the hearing in a second. do you think you need to hear from petraeus? >> we may well. and we may well ask. i think that is up to the committee. i think we should have the first hearing which is the way they want to set it up. committee will make a decision. >> chris: let's turn to the hearing. it's not a hearing. it's an inquiry. what is your biggest question, your biggest concerns as you begin this inquiry to what happen
director mike morrell met with john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte over what rice knew the in the days after the deadly consulate attack in benghazi. all three claim to be more troubled after this meeting. >> we're significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16th september explanation about how four americans died by ambassador rice, i think, does not do justice to the reality at the time. >> clearly the impression that was begin, the information begin to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely, it was wrong. >> and within the past hour the white house once again defended ambassador rice. >> focus on some might say obsession made on comments made on sunday shows seems, to me, and to many, to be misplaced. >> and the ambassador herself made this statement only a short time ago. it read in part, quote, i appreciated the opportunity to discuss these issues directly and structurive wi them. the administration remains committed t
back open. following a meeting with acting c.i.a. director michael morrell and u.n. ambassador susan rice who has become the focal point of the event. they emerged with their talking points unified and intact. >> we're significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> i'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the c.i.a. and ambassador rice. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> eliot: for her part, ambassador rice released a statement shortly after the meeting reiterating her defense. i quote "we stressed that neither i nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the american people at any stage in this process and the administration updated congress and the american people as our assessments evolved." joining us now is abc white house correspondent jake tapper, the author of the much lauded new book "the outpost." first, i want to ask you about benghazi gate. honestly die understand what the senators continue to
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